Federal funding for heavy haulage diversion mired in State Govt delays

The proposed Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation and other transport-related road projects funded in Western Australia by the Federal Government but yet to enter the construction phase have prompted renewed calls for action by politicians.

Canning MP Andrew Hastie has called for projects long ago funded by the Commonwealth to be expedited as the WA State Government made further requests for additional funding for its latest program.

The Regional Road Safety Package announced this week has been budgeted at a cost of $900 million over ten years.

As part of the proposal the State Government is asking for the Federal Government to contribute up to $20 million a year towards the project it says will reduce single vehicle road crashes on country roads.

Hastie has urged the WA Government to release $430 million in funds secured from the Federal Government in 2018 for upgrades to roads and highways in the Peel region which have still yet to commence.

“I'm always happy to discuss state government proposals with my federal counterparts in Canberra and it's an important issue for our region,” he said.

“It's been almost 12 months since the federal government committed $22 million to build the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation,” Hastie said.

“That's a development critical for local road safety, yet the state government is yet to begin construction. Fully funded projects like this must be given priority.”

Construction on Pinjarra-Williams Road is not scheduled to begin before June despite the West Australian government announcing more than $17.5 million to improve the safety of regional roads, with $1.2 million allocated for Pinjarra-Williams Road in the Shire of Murray alongside six other sites identified as high risk for run-off crashes.

Funding aims to mitigate single vehicle run-off road crashes, which killed 46 people in regional WA in 2017.

The Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation, which would divert heavy vehicles from the main street of Pinjarra has yet to be delivered after Hastie said he met with key decision makers in Canberra including Transport Minister Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack while campaigning for months.

The planned bypass will form a strategic link between future extension of Tonkin Highway and connection to South West Highway and Forrest Highway.

As far back as October 2017 when the Shire of Murray held local elections with 80 per cent of voters approving a heavy haulage deviation.

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